J.K. Simmons On How Commissioner Gordon’s Role Will Change After Zack Snyder’s Justice League

While many fans were upset when J.K. Simmons didn’t get a ton of screen time as Commissioner Jim Gordon in Justice League, the actor has confirmed he will be a much bigger part of the upcoming Batgirl film.

As reported by SlashFilm, Simmons was speaking to Discussing Film and he began by sharing his excitement over getting the call to return to the role of Commissioner Gordon, despite not really knowing what is going on with all this multiverse business.

“I’m still not sure I understand all the various multiverse aspects of, you know, DC or Marvel … But yeah, I was completely surprised and very happy obviously,” Simmons said. “I had a lengthy phone call sort of having the story laid out for me before I even saw a script, and it was actually way back in the middle of the summer I think that they first came to me and approached me about doing it. I just finished my part, they have several more weeks of shooting to do.”

He also spoke on his expanded role in Batgirl, which would make sense considering he is the father of Barbara Gordon a.k.a. Batgirl.

“It’s much more than I got to do in my brief stint as Commissioner Gordon in Zack Snyder’s film,” Simmons said. “And really, it was fun because it was a completely different side of Commissioner Gordon.

“All that we saw in the little snippets of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, in either the original or in Zack’s brilliant, expanded cut, it was just Commissioner Gordon being business-like and needing Batman’s help. In this film, I think I’m allowed to say since it does center on Batgirl, we see much more of Commissioner Gordon at home.”

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Lastly Simmons took the time to praise Batgirl directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, saying they were like “two-year-old Weimaraners, who have been pent up in the back of a station wagon all day and somebody just let them loose.”

“Dude, those guys are crazy! I don’t know how they do it, and they had been shooting for four weeks or so by the time I joined,” Simmons said. “I met them via Zoom, and I was under the L track outside of my boxing gym in Chicago when we first spoke. They just bring such an energy.

“I’ve already compared them to a couple of, like, two-year-old Weimaraners, who have been pent up in the back of a station wagon all day and somebody just let them loose. The energy and the passion that they bring for making movies was a really fun energy to be around and then the fact that they also really know what they’re doing is a nice part of the overall experience.”

Batgirl is set to be released on HBO Max in 2022 and will also star Leslie Grace as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon, Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Brendan Fraser as Garfield Lynns/Firefly, and Jacob Scipio in an unknown role.

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